Obihall, via Fabrizio de’ Andre/lungarno Aldo MoroPh. via Fermento Birra
25 Italian breweries and 150 craft beers will be put to the test by a panel of 100 experts over three days of tastings and competitions. Birraio dell’Anno, now in its ninth edition, is an annual showcase of the burgeoning craft beer scene across Italy. Brewers and drinkers will wait with bated breath for pro taster Lorenzo “Kuaska” Dabove’s announcement of the weekend’s top honors, Brewer and “Emerging Brewer” of the year (January 21, 4.30pm). No refined palate is required to participate, but you can work on training yours through the guided tastings and lectures on offer. Soak up all the beer samples with ample street food choices: Pork ‘n’ Roll, Osteria Il Magazzino and Stefano Callegari will all have stands. Can't take part in the Obihall festivities (or want something scrumptious in the center after all the beer sampling?) New Santo Spirito venue Pint of View is hosting several rounds of Sunday Roast for the occasion – it's exactly what it sounds like. “Hop” on over to the Birraio dell'Anno website for more information on the main event.